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Don’t extradite Kohli, says CBI ex-chief Joginder Singh
Mohali, August 17
A former director of the CBI, Mr Joginder Singh, today said since Maninderpal Singh Kohli is a citizen of India, he should not be extradited to the UK at all. Mr Joginder Singh added that normally, a citizen of a nation is not sent to a foreign country to face a criminal trial.

Punjab refuses to hike sales tax on diesel
Chandigarh, August 17
While Punjab the Government today refused to enhance sales tax on diesel, various state governments have laid down conditions for implementing VAT in their respective areas, thus making things difficult for the Centre to enforce the same.

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Where is the money for investor-friendly Punjab?
Chandigarh, August 17
Infrastructure is one of the seven sectors on which the Prime Minister has desired states to focus on for higher economic growth and more equitable social development. The other six are agriculture, water, education, health, employment and urban renewal.

Farmers, power employees hold demonstrations
Moga, August 17
It was a day of protests in Moga with the Kirti Kisan Union and Punjab State Electricity Board staff holding demonstrations at opposite ends of the city. The Kirti Kisan Union’s indefinite dharna entered into 12th day today.
Kirti Kisan Union members protest outside the DC’s office in Moga Kirti Kisan Union members protest outside the DC’s office in Moga on Tuesday.







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  Farmers go for early maturing paddy
Faridkot, August 17
Contrary to recommendations of the Agriculture Department, farmers of the region had grown ‘satha’ variety of paddy which has lowered water level. But farmers prefer it as ‘satha’ requires only 70-80 days to mature enabling the farmers to make money.

Panel satisfied with Golden Temple’s upkeep
Amritsar, August 17
Prof Eman-ul-Haq, one-man commission of UNESCO, was satisfied with the upkeep of the Golden Temple by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Prof Haq’s observation has been positive.

Prof Eman-ul-Haq, one-man commission of UNESCO, on an assessment visit to the Golden Temple for granting a heritage status to it, addresses reporters in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

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Two Kashmiri boys released from Pak jail
Wagah, August 17
Two Kashmiri children, who strayed into Pakistan from Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir about three months ago, were today released from Pakistani jail and sent back to India.

POLITICS

Rori is Garhshankar CPM candidate
Chandigarh, August 17
The Punjab unit of the CPM has decided to put up Mr Mahan Singh Rori, a trade union leader, as party candidate for the byelection to be held for the Garhshankar Assembly constituency.

COMMUNITY

Sangrur district library falls on bad days
Sangrur, August 17
The district library here is in a bad shape due to its poor financial health as well as poor maintenance by the authorities concerned. Besides, the library has also been facing a shortage of staff for the past several years.

PRTC to upgrade bus stands for revenue
Patiala, August 17
The cash-strapped Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, which has been unsuccessfully demanding a fare revision for the past few years, has now decided to offset the loss being suffered by it on this account as well as an increase in salaries by upgrading its bus stands across the state on commercial lines.

Stick to rules, doctors tell PPSC
Chandigarh, August 17
A section of the doctors has urged the Punjab Public Service Commission authorities concerned to stick to the mandatory rules and regulations framed by the Medical Council of India to fill the vacant posts of medical teachers in Government Medical Colleges in the state.

Fair in freedom fighter’s memory concludes
Dalla (Pathankot), August 17
A two-day fair in the memory of Ram Singh Pathania, a great freedom fighter of the nineteenth century, concluded here today amid torrential rains. Pathania, son of the late Raja Prithvi Singh, represented the unbridled spirit of the people and threw a challenge to the British empire.

Heavy rains that lashed Amritsar on Tuesday put life out of gear
Heavy rains that lashed Amritsar on Tuesday put life out of gear. — PTI

Trains stranded on flooded tracks
Gurdaspur, August 17
Four passenger trains were stranded on the Amritsar-Pathankot section as this border town was flooded due to heavy rainfall since today morning.

Govt not keen to give relief to flood-hit: Kanwaljit
Patiala, August 17
The General Secretary of the SAD, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today alleged that the state government had no interest in giving compensation to the flood-affected people of Patiala and Sangrur district.

Encroachments galore in Faridkot
Faridkot, August 17
Illegal encroachments are on the rise in the city even as the administration is yet to take any step to check these. The current trend in the town reveals that most of these encroachments are done on Sundays as government officials have their day off on that day.

Kidnapped boy rescued
Moga, August 17
The police rescued a teenaged boy who was kidnapped from Ludhiana on Friday. The boy is a son of an assistant professor of the Punjab Agricultural University, Mr Jasvinder Singh.

She has given ‘special’ children a reason to smile
Patiala, August 17
It is not easy to describe a person like Bibi Satwant Kaur. A philanthropist, an agriculturist, an entrepreneur, a sarpanch or just a gutsy rural woman. Howsoever, way you choose to see her, there is no doubt that she is one woman who believes in living life on her own terms.

PM urged to release 3 postage stamps
Amritsar, August 17
The International Bhai Mardana Yadgiri Kirtan Darbar Society today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to release three postage stamps of Gurdwara Goindwal Sahib, Golden Temple and Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib, on the occasion of the centenary celebrations.

Rs 1.18 cr for CM Relief Fund
Chandigarh, August 17
The Local Government Minister, Punjab, Mr Jagjit Singh, today presented a cheque of Rs 1.18 crore to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to provide financial aid to the flood-affected persons in the state.

Cable operators go on indefinite strike
Jalandhar, August 17
Cable operators of Punjab have decided to go on an indefinite strike from today to lodge their protest against bringing them under the service tax net. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Sunny Gill, President of the Punjab Cable TV Network Association, said imposition of service tax on cable TV operators was uncalled for and unjustified as the cable TV operation was even a smaller industry that the small scale industries.

Amritsar to have tourism police
Amritsar, August 17
Tourists visiting the city and not knowing whom to contact for information will soon have tourism police to guide them. In view of the 400th centenary celebrations of installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the district police will launch a 50-member squad of tourism police on August 29.

Gold plating of Durgiana Temple
Amritsar, August 17
About five kilos of gold has been used to prepare gold leaf for the gold plating work at Sri Durgiana Temple. The first phase of the gold plating has nearly been completed.

Donating blood for 14 years
Rampura Phul (Bathinda): Mr Pawan Mehta, a local resident, has been donating blood at regular intervals since 1990 to save valuable human lives. An employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board, 48-year-old Mehta has donated blood 53 times in the past 14 years apart from performing his official duties well.

COURTS

High Court
PMT case: notice to Farid varsity
Chandigarh, August 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to Baba Farid University, Faridkot, and others on a public interest litigation seeking a probe by an independent agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation into allegations of discrepancies in the conduct of PMT for Punjab medical colleges by the university.

Six get life imprisonment
Muktsar, August 17
Balraj Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Iqbal Singh, Moti and two other residents of this district were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Uday Singh Gair, for killing four persons on May 29, 2002.

Harnek remanded in police custody
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
Mr Harnek Singh, alias Bhap, a self-styled chief of the Khalistan Libration Force, was presented in the court of Mr D.S. Johal, CJM. Mr G.S. Sodhi, a lawyer from Patiala, appeared on behalf of Harnek Singh.

CRIME

International gang of fake agents busted
District police nabs two in Kolkata
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 17
The district police has busted an international gang of fake travel agents by arresting two of its members — Manoj Singh, a resident of Kolkata, and A.K.M. Ghulam Kibaria, alias Chandan, of Dhaka, Bangladesh, who is also the kingpin of the gang.

2 killed in road mishap
Moga, August 17
Two persons, including an octroi contractor, were killed and three others injured when the jeep, in which they were travelling, collided with a truck last night. The incident took place when they were reportedly chasing the truck evading octroi tax.

One arrested on extortion charge
Kharar, August 17
A resident of Mundi Kharar was arrested by the police on charges of extortion and cheating.
According to the police, Amarjit Singh Bhangu was arrested yesterday and Rs 8,000, which he had extorted from another resident of Mundi Kharar, Mr Harjaap Singh, were recovered.

EDUCATION

Students for CBI probe into tests by PTU
Bathinda, August 17
Students of Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology here today demanded a CBI probe into examinations help Punjab Technical University PTU. In a press note the students alleged in some cases PTU authorities had given marks in subjects for which the students had not appeared.

PCCTU urges Capt to keep promises
Barnala, August 17
The Sangrur district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has urged Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, to honour his pre-poll commitments and promises made to the PCCTU at Barnala on February 6, 2002.

Punjabi University Diary
Nadira espouses meaningful theatre
Patiala, August 17
Nadira Babbar came, she performed and conquered hearts by the hundreds on the campus here. Students stood in rapt attention to hear her enact the role of ‘Begum Jaan’, a classical singer, in the twilight of her life.

Youth festivals’ schedule released
Patiala, August 17
The Department of Youth Welfare, Punjabi University, today released the schedule for youth festivals and cultural activities for this academic year.

PEC old boys meeting on August 21
Chandigarh, August 17
Old students of Punjab Engineering College will hold a get-together on August 21 at 7.30 p.m. at the Bhakra Beas Management Board guest house in Sector 35, here.

College staff hold rally
Patiala, August 17
Teaching and non-teaching staff working on an adhoc basis in the local Khalsa College organised a protest rally to protest against the “anti-employees” policies of the management here today.
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